By Gary Timm, 29 June 2017 · 724 views
THE HIDDEN CODE WITHIN SCRIPTURE...
God’s Word abounds with information. It holds exhaustive historical, chronological, and ancestral records. It contains detailed accounts of peoples, tribes, and nations whose paths have encountered God, and also discloses those who have walked opposite Him, abstaining from a godly lifestyle. It is a Book that spans the largest timeframe of any written work ever transcribed within world history, and does so seamlessly without even a glitch. Its authors speak not only of the distant past, but unleash the former events to unfold into the present, as well as foretelling a future yet to unfurl. This Divine Word, given directly from God, also speaks of His Son who has come to reveal the path to heaven, and who teaches a spiritual concept of how to overcome the perils of death to inherit life eternal.
Yet within this incredible Book, and for those willing to search, God has allotted us an even greater avenue of information. He has given us a tool to dig deep within His depths of understanding, and find a hidden wealth of knowledge formerly not fully known. With this tool, even the Old Testament comes to life revealing an aspect of God’s Word which has always been in place, yet oftentimes misinterpreted by those reading. Quite simply, this device of knowledge is a “Lexicon” authored by God Himself.
Let’s face it. One of the greatest difficulties in learning any language is mastering the words contained within it. And without a dictionary to accompany that language, any attempt at apprehension only results in misunderstanding. This also happens to be the case with the Language God uses within Scripture. Only by translating the words correctly are we able to understand what the Bible communicates. And on this seemingly simple point, we can be easily misled, for the words God employs do not always line up with the definitions in our household dictionary. Thus, we can easily lose the concept before we’ve even grasped it.
But all is not lost. As already mentioned, our Creator has given us the key to unraveling this knowledge and has placed a “Dictionary of Definitions” at our fingertips which is set within His Book of Life. Our only need to find these definitions, is to take the time to search.
Insight into the workings of “God’s Dictionary” are spelled out in precise detail throughout Scripture, and in Matthew 13:36–42 we are given the perfect demonstration of how this works. Here, Jesus reveals a parable about the sowers and the reapers. And when reading this, it all seems simple enough. However, within this account, part of Jesus’ purpose for telling the story is to unveil several word definitions for anyone caring to listen. Let’s take a look…
- Matthew 13:37; … He answered them, “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.
- Matthew 13:38; The field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the Kingdom, and the tares are the children of the evil one.
- Matthew 13:39; The enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels…"
- Sower of Good Seed = Son of Man
- Field = World
- Good Seed = Children of the Kingdom
- Tares = Children of the evil one
- Enemy = The devil
- Harvest = End of the Age
- Reapers = Angels
Nevertheless, this instance is not the only place where God defines His Words. Scripture is loaded with illustrations. Another quick example is Daniel 5:26-28 where Daniel interprets the writing on the wall as seen by king Belteshazzar. In this reference we are given three definitions.
- Daniel 5:26; This is the interpretation of the saying, Mene -- God measured your kingdom and finished it.
- Daniel 5:27; Tekel -- it was set in the yoke balance scale and found lacking.
- Daniel 5:28; Peres -- your kingdom was divided and was given to the Medes and Persians.
To be honest, this simple concept is nothing new. From verses like John 1:36 and 1Peter 1:19, we already know that the “Lamb” of God refers to “Jesus”, and from Revelation 12:9 and Revelation 20:2 that the “Serpent” is the “Devil”. We also readily identify the “Dove” with the “Holy Spirit” (Luke 3:22, John 1:32). Yet as we seamlessly apply this concept to the New Testament, how is it we are hesitant to associate the Dove and the Holy Spirit within the Old Testament writings? If God cannot lie or change His mind (Numbers 23:19, Malachi 3:6), how could we ever consider the two Testaments to be discordant or conflicting? And if Jesus’ purpose was to reveal mysteries hidden from the beginning (Romans 16:25), wouldn’t that beginning start with Genesis 1:1 in the Old Testament?
There are many other definitions that have escaped our attention over the centuries. For example, God refers to man as plants, trees, fish, and many other living things, and in Isaiah 40:6-7 it tells us not once, but twice, that mankind is grass. In the event there’s any doubt, Peter confirms this same scriptural principle in the New Testament in 1Peter 1:24.
Now we could argue that these definitions don’t really apply to Scripture as a whole, and are narrowly limited to only a few exceptions. However, there’s no reason for the same message to be delivered within both the Old Testament and the New, unless God’s intent was to teach us something vital. And as this Wisdom comes from God Himself, He would have no purpose to load His Book with useless information or waste our time by including content solely to fill empty space.
Whether we want to believe it or not, every word placed within Scripture has a meaningful purpose, and each is carefully guided by the hand of God. We can either choose to understand what He’s striving to disclose, or digress from learning, believing we already know all the answers.
Yet if we are bold enough to apply this new-found wisdom to God’s Word, every account from Genesis to Revelation begins to reveal something new. Speaking directly to our soul, each verse generates a new Spirit of Life and relays a deep message of faith, otherwise unknown. That earthly message of which man is so accustomed to interpreting begins to take on the heavenly, and even those hard-to-understand verses shed new light and speak a fresh meaning. But considering that our Creator exists as a Spiritual Being, should we expect something else? Could we imagine His intent to be anything less than a personal, spiritual message delivered unto those reading?
Nothing has changed over the course of time. Only by searching can we discover the answers. And when given the depth of God’s Word, it seems we’ve barely even cracked open the door of knowledge, as there is so much more to learn. And on this point we do not have to guess, argue, or speculate. All we need do is accept, as God has explained it all.
But regardless of what we think or how we believe, we must remember that God’s Word chronicles the spiritual first, and the worldly second. Existing as a Spiritual Being, our Creator has little reason to show us the things of the world, as we can already see that, but instead to show us a path that leads to a heavenly plain.
Given the willingness to search, that spiritual door can be opened wide as “God’s Dictionary” shines a radiant Light on a Language previously known only by God and His Prophets. And honestly, who wouldn’t want to search for what has been hidden, yet perfectly revealed in the greatest Book ever written… the Bible!
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